Social Media, Resume and More: Terms Never To Use

It might be your Linkedin profile or the "About Me" page on your blog. It could be your resume, or perhaps it's your cover letter. Wherever you're presenting yourself for a job or developing new business, there are certain terms you should never use, reports Julie Steinberg on Fins Finance.

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That's because those particular terms communicate nothing that differentiates you from the competition and they don't help you to build that brand called "you." Every word, on every bit of your promotional material, should be a workhorse pulling for you. If it's not performing that role, then it's putting your application in danger. That's because employers, customers, clients, and prospects don't have the time to slug through language that says little to nothing.

What are some examples?

Take the term "extensive experience," for example. To redeem such a term, your first stem should be to make it more specific and quantified, such as "15 years strategic planning for manufacturing organizations with revenues in excess of $5 billion." Second, it should be linked with results such as "helped teams increase productivity an average of 43 percent and revenues an average of 24 percent."

Another such empty term is "problem solver." Instead try specifying a role: "As corporate efficiency expert, turned around organization suffering losses of $3 billion." Then briefly describe results produced in that role. For instance, you might point out that "within 18 months, through cost control and introduction of new products, revenue was increased by 189 percent and profit of by 5 percent."

Wondering what other terms you ought to never use? Here are some more:

  • Innovative
  • Motivated
  • Results oriented
  • Dynamic
  • Proven track record
  • Team player
  • Fast paced
  • Entrepreneurial.

Can you think of any other "lame duck" resume terms? We'd love to hear for you in the comments section!

Jane Genova


Jane Genova began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan.  After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject.  Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging.  In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School.  She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [] housed at the Library of Congress.

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I love AOL... There's never a dull moment. You can either keep yourself busy with inspirational vedios or career tips.

January 22 2011 at 7:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A take-charge responsible professional . . . LAME DUCK (in my opinion).

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